|Quoting Lumberton (Reply 3):|
If the line shuts, could the tooling be stored and the line re-opened elsewhere if more orders materialize a few years hence?
Yes, that's one of the options. Its being described as a "warm line" in which the tooling will be stored rather than destroyed, and certain suppliers will be held in the same status. But as always, there is a cost associated with that and the AF
will have to cover that cost. I would doubt that this option will be chosen. The C-130 is in the same position, although its date is about a year out. The timing of closing these lines might just leave the US without a transport production line. As AvWeek stated in an article "Tenuous Transports", 7/24/06, the A400M might be the only military transport in production and A is taking as much advantage as possible. Both LM
and B are producing planes with no obligated customers. So with that considered, its not just a ploy by B, its real. The suppliers all have a "shut the line down" clause of how far in advance they require this notice in order that B not incur penalties. With no one willing to sign on the dotted line, B has to say to its suppliers, shut it down, or be willing to bear the cost of having a white tail plane.
|Quoting CTR (Reply 6):|
Before selling the Long Beach property, Boeing will have to decontaminate the soil of oil, solvent and who knows what polution that has been accumulating for over 50 years. This will cost a fortune.
As is the case at any long time manufacturing facility that operated prior to environmental regulations, there will be contamination. Full Level I and Level II
Environmental assessments will be done as a requirement to shut down the site. Then the environmental testing, remediation and disposal plans are determined and approved by all agencies concerned. Any property sale will require full remediation of any determined contamination or escrow moneys to be held before sale of the property. Sometimes it better just to hold the property rather than sell it. The former McD Tomohawk plant in Titusville is in this situation. The asbestos in the building might mean that tearing it down rather than remediation is the answer. And its very expensive either way. So it just sits until whoever wants it decides whats best for the building and site.